‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ is Lifted – What You Need to Know

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With the Governor lifting the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order this week, Michigan is moving to Phase Four of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.  What does it all mean?

Michigan Is “Improving,” Keep Social Distancing

As our state enters Phase 4, it means that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are clearly declining. Staying home remains the safest option, but the state is gradually resuming many in-person work and activities as long as social distancing measures continue.

Stay Home Order Lifted, Some Business Remains Closed or Restricted

There’s been a flurry of activity, but here are the basics:

  •  Michiganders no longer have to stay home, the order is lifted. We are gradually resuming in-person work and activities with proper social distancing.
  • Certain businesses will remain closed and activities that present a higher likelihood of spreading infection will remain prohibited until further notice.
  • Retailers are allowed to reopen and resume operations on Thursday, June 4.

June 8 Is a Big Day for Reopening Plan – With Social Distancing in Place

Many other businesses and activities are allowed to reopen on Monday, June 8, but will be subject to safety guidelines to mitigate the risk of infection. These include:

  • Restaurants and bars, but with 50% capacity restrictions. Individuals may remove masks or face coverings to eat or drink once seated at a restaurant or bar.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or less are permitted as long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  • Indoor gatherings of people not of the same household are allowed, but remain restricted to 10 or fewer.
  • Children’s day camps, libraries, museums, and swimming pools may reopen.
  • Outdoor fitness classes, athletic practices, sports can resume.

Social Distancing, Masks Usage, Remote Working Must Continue

  • The order may be lifted, but social distancing measures including maintaining 6 feet of separation must continue.
  • Masks should be worn – by employees and customers – in enclosed public spaces.
  • Despite the fact offices can reopen, any work that can be performed remotely should continue.

Indoor gyms, theaters, salons, casinos remain closed until further notice

While much of normal operations are commencing, businesses that involve close contact and where the risk of infection is higher, remain closed. This includes:

  • Indoor theaters
  • Performance venues
  • Indoor gyms, sports facilities, recreation centers etc.
  • Salons, tattoo/piercing shops, any personal care requiring personal contact
  • Casinos, racetracks
  • Amusement parks, bingo halls, bowling, etc.

Criteria for Next Phase? Being Prepared to Quickly Contain Additional Outbreak

Phase 5 would mean that COVID-19 case and death rates are continuing to decline and the state is prepared to quickly contain additional outbreaks.

For those wondering when Michigan might enter its next phase, below are the items that the Governor uses to decide to maintain, rescind or advance Michigan’s restrictions.

(1) Data on COVID-19 infections and the disease’s rate of spread.

(2) Whether sufficient medical personnel, hospital beds, and ventilators exist to meet anticipated medical need.

(3) Availability of personal protective equipment for the health care workforce.

(4) The state’s capacity to test for COVID-19 cases and isolate infected people.

(5) Economic conditions in the state.

For more information, visit the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Restart Center. The Governor’s full Executive Order from Monday, June 1 is available online.


Related:

MI Safe Start Plan: Where We’re at, How to Plan for Restart

Gov. Whitmer Moves State to Phase 4, Office Work Opens With Caveat

 

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